Healthy Bucks empowers kids to make smart, health choices about what foods they eat and where they come from! Since 2016, the Russell County Health Coalition has sponsored a Healthy Kids Bucks program in partnership with the Town of Lebanon Farmers Market. Children aged 0-17 and their parents/guardians can visit the Health Coalition stall at the Lebanon Farmers Market on Wednesdays & Saturdays in the summer, receive information about the program and healthy recipes incorporating produce available at the Market, and leave with 5 Healthy Bucks they can use 1:1 with farmers to purchase fresh fruits and vegetables. The child's name, age, and home zip code are recorded. At the end of the Market day, the farmers then exchange their collected Healthy Bucks with Health Coalition volunteers for cash. Follow the Town of Lebanon Farmers Market on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Town-of-Lebanon-Farmers-Market-107033731997259
Healthy Bucks is an evidence-based, PSE (Policy, Systems, & Environmental Change) implementation targeting healthy eating and listed in the SNAP-Ed toolkit. That's all to say that Healthy Bucks are a proven and cost-effective way to get kids to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables and financially support local farmers and markets! Learn more about Healthy Bucks implementation, evidence, and evaluation at snapedtoolkit.org/interventions/programs/health-bucks/
630 Children Served!
$3,150 Paid to Farmers!
Average age of children served: 8 years old
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Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and with strict policies in place to limit viral spread, the Russell County Health Coalition continued to give out Healthy Bucks in 2020! Seven volunteers worked 29 market days, donating approximately 225 service hours, to provide 383 children across 19 zip codes with Russell County Healthy Bucks, and $1,915 was paid directly to Russell County farmers and producers for their fresh fruits and vegetables through our local market!
383 Children Served!
$1,915 Paid to Farmers!
Average age of children served: 7 years old
Volunteers & Financial Partners
Healthy Bucks would not be possible without amazing and committed volunteers and financial backers! Coalition Vice President Sharon Rice and Member Katie Nuckles lead the program. Thanks to volunteers Amy Compton, Anna Farmer, Mandy Worrell, Pat McGlothlin, Amelia Bandy, & Dustin Keith. Funds for Healthy Bucks come from the Health Coalition and donors, including Ballad Health, the Town of Lebanon, and the Lebanon Farmers Market.